RBR: Textbooks

In keeping with the last blog entry on Davidson related textbooks, I thought I’d take a look at items in the Rare Book Room which had been used as textbooks, or works for study and edification.  I found several, dating back to the late 1600s.

Whole duty of man title page, "The Whole Duty of Man"Allestree, Richard.  The whole duty of man, laid down in a plain and familiar way for the use of all, but especially the meanest reader.. Divided into XVII. chapters; one whereof being read every Lord’s day, the whole may be read over thrice in the year.  Necessary for all familiesWith private devotions for several occasions. London: Printed by R. Norton for Robert Pawlet; 1673.

Not a textbook, but a book of devotional exercises intended to be read every day.

Title page, "An Eafy and Compendious Introduction For Reading all forts Histories." Prideaux, Mathias. An easy and compendious inrtoduction [sic] for reading all sorts of histories: contrived in a more facile way then [sic] heretofore hath been published.  Oxford, Leo N. Lichfield, printer to the university, 1682. “Easy” and “facile” are the words to note here.  Apparently, now one had a better way to learn about world history.

History of the United States 1821 title page, "History of the United States of America"Prentiss, Charles.  History of the United States of America: with a brief account of some of the principal empires and states of ancient and modern times: for the use of school and families / by a citizen of Massachusetts. Keene, N.H.: John Prentiss, 1821. Our copy has an ownership entry:  Sarah B. Cook, No. 4 Purchase Street, Boston.

System of Geography title page, "System of Geography"System of Geography, "Directions to the Teachers"Morse, Sidney E.  A system of geography for the use of schools: illustrated with more than fifty cerographic maps, and numerous wood-cut engravings.  New York: Harper & Brothers, 1861, c1844. With definitive directions to the teacher on how to teach the material.

Sterling, Richard.  Our own spelling book: for the use of schools and families.  Greensboro, N.C., Sterling, Campbell & Albright; Richmond, W.H. White, 1862. From our Confederate Imprints Collection.  It was printed for the Edgeworth Female Seminary in 1862.  Our copy belonged to Blandina Davidson, daughter of A. Brevard Davidson of Rural Hill Plantation, Mecklenburg County, NC.

Our Own Spelling Book title page, "Our Own Spelling Book"Sterling, Richard.  Our own second reader: for the use of schools and families.  Greensboro, N.C.: Sterling, Campbell, & Albright; Richmond: W.H. White, 1862. Also from the Confederate Imprints Collection.  This reader belonged to Sallie H. Davidson, another daughter of A. Brevard Davidson of Rural Hill, while she was a student at the Edgeworth Female Seminary in Greensboro, NC.

Our Own Sesond Reader title page, "Our Own Second Reader"

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